Sketches from the Poem Road (after Basho’s The Narrow Road to the Deep North)

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Collaborative exhibition of drawings and poems by Isao Miura & Chris Beckett, exploring the legacy of Matsuo Basho’s masterpiece Oku no Hosomichi (The Narrow Road to the Deep North), its enduring power as a model of travel-writing, and the influence of haibun and haiku in British poetry today.

Isao Miura is a painter & sculptor from Akita who grew up near Kisagata Bay (one of the main landmarks in The Narrow Road) and is currently pursuing a fellowship in the Bronze Foundry in Chelsea College of Art.

Chris Beckett is a widely published poet who lived in Japan in the 1980’s and whose last collection of poems was Ethiopia Boy, published by Carcanet/Oxford poets in 2013.

Date: 2 March – 25 April 2015
Venue: Poetry Society Café, 22 Betterton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9BX
Organiser: Poetry Society

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